News & Events

Congratulations

Our very own Fr Francis has been invited by Bishop David to join the Cathedral Chapter and help advise him in a number of different areas pertaining to our Diocese.

The Cathedral Chapter is an important collegial body in many Dioceses across the world and is one of the only Diocesan institutions that remain in place when there is no Bishop. It also recommends names for consideration by the Pope when a new Bishop is being appointed! So, who knows, in a decade or two we could have Bishop Francis!!!

Canon – elect Francis will be installed during a Chapter Mass on Tuesday 13th July at the Cathedral. 

Fr. Brendan New Appointment

Bishop David has appointed our very own Fr Brendan as the new Chancellor for the Diocese of Northampton. Fr Brendan succeeds Monsignor Sean Healy who will be stepping down as chancellor after 14 years in the role.

The Diocesan Chancellor provides information and advice to the Bishop and other Curial Staff on the effects of canon law in pastoral practices. He shares, through delegation from the Bishop the responsibility in dealing with applications for dispensations and permissions, and the administration of the sacraments.

Fr Brendan has been appointed following a distance-learning study programme at KU Leuven in Canon Law. He has already achieved an MA in this and will hopefully gain the JCL this summer.

Bishop David said

“My congratulations to Fr Brendan for his commitment to a demanding programme of study whilst also being fully engaged in pastoral ministry. This is no mean feat!”

Fr Brendan will take up this role as soon as he completes his canonical studies in the summer

The Church Series with Bishop David Oakley

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First Holy Communion & Confirmation Dates

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Just a reminder that the dates for the First Holy Communion and Confirmation Masses have been released. These dates are for those young people who have already completed the sacramental discernment programmes – there will be more details on upcoming discernment programmes in the Autumn. 

First Holy Communion Mass 1 – 26th June (St Augustine’s, Our Lady of Lourdes)
First Holy Communion Mass 2 – 3rd July (Christ the King)

Confirmation Mass – 10th July – (All of St Barnabas)

Catholic Agency for Overseas Development

As the Coronavirus Pandemic continues to bring devastation across India, CAFOD is working with the experienced local Church agency, Caritas India, to provide vital support to poor and marginalised communities. Donations to CAFOD’s Coronavirus Appeal will help Caritas India distribute PPE kits to frontline health workers, promote COVID & vaccine awareness campaigns, and set up safely run isolation & quarantine centres. You can donate online here: cafod.org.uk/give.  Please keep praying for the people of India and all those affected by the pandemic.

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A number of people have once again enquired about ways in which they can support the work of our parishes financially during this time. You can do so in one of three ways:

(1) STANDING ORDER VIA YOUR OWN BANK
You can set up a standing order for donations to your parish using either your on line bank account or in branch. The information required to make the donation is as follows:

Bank: NatWest
Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account Name: 46898093
Account Name: Northampton Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust
Payment Ref: **Please enter the Parish Name and Area**

 (2) CALL THE FINANCE OFFICE AND DONATE OVER THE PHONE

Every Tuesday between 10am – 4pm, a member of the Diocesan Finance Team will be available for you to donate to one of our Parishes over the telephone. To donate simply call 01604 712065 with your debit or credit card details. The money will go directly to the parish that you designate.

(3) ONLINE DONATION

It is possible to donate online using the link below and specifying the Parish that you wish to donate in both the “Leave a Message” section and the “Leave your name / nickname” sections. This will ensure that any donations will go towards the Parish you wish to support. Link

ONLINE FORM for CHURCH GIVING: It saves time and is safer if you can set up on line giving.  For more information about secure giving click here

PLEASE EMAIL ITEMS TO: office@mk-cluster.co.uk. DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: 3pm Wednesday.